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Pope Francis open to set Holy Week on a fixed date in common with other Christians

2015-06-25

During a question and answer session with more than 1,000 priests from 90 countries, Pope Francis described a proposition he had recently heard: Orthodox Christians, Coptic Christians, Protestants, and Catholics should all agree to celebrate Easter at the same time.

POPE FRANCIS
June 12, 2015
"The Catholic Church is open, since the pontificate of Pope Paul VI, to set a fixed date, and to waive the first solstice after the full moon of March.”

For centuries, Catholics and other Christians have celebrated Easter on different days. Pope Francis suggested that this is a scandal that must be resolved. He said that a shared agreement is possible. 

POPE FRANCIS
"Is this not a scandal? 'When did your Christ rise?' 'My Christ rose today, and yours next week.' A scandal. The most definitive way is to have a fixed date, which is, I suppose, the second Sunday in April. Because if it follows the classical tradition of the conservative Orthodox monasteries, it is always the first full moon after 14 of Nisan, which every year progresses. It advances a few days. It advances a week and we run the risk of celebrating Easter in August 60 years from now. So, we have to solve it.”

What the Pope suggested is a proposal that is under consideration but it is far from definitive. The most complicated part is finding support from Orthodox Christian churches. It's a possibility but one that is still far from reality.


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